Barbados' Husbands makes surge with triple
TORONTO, Canada (CMC):
Outstanding Barbadian jockey, Patrick Husbands reeled off a convincing triple at Woodbine on Sunday to add some spark to his sluggish start to the new season at the celebrated Canadian racetrack.
The 36-year-old, the defending champion jockey, rode winners in races three, nine and 10 to complete his fifth win of the weekend and jump to third in the standings on 11 victories.
He is three wins off leader Eurico Rosa Da Silva, with Trinidadian Emile Ramsammy in second on 12 wins.
Husbands stamped his authority on the day's 10-race card when he opened his account with a resounding win aboard Derwin's Star, going 5-1/2 furlongs for three-year-old fillies.
He stalked the pace set by Hi Ho Euro and Celebrian, before making his bid and taking control in the upper stretch. Under a strong hand ride, Husbands then pushed the chestnut filly to a handsome victory by 8-1/4 lengths.
Husbands saddled his second win in the CAN$68,400 race nine over 6-1/2 furlongs, with a pillar-to-post ride aboard another three-year-old chestnut filly, Platinum Exchange.
He broke the odds-on favourite smartly and sent her to the front, posting fractions of 22.88 and 45.93 seconds in the early quarters.
Church View came to challenge in the late turn and a brief battle ensued before Husbands steered Platinum Exchange to the finish 3-1/4 lengths clear.
Husbands then produced a contrasting ride to bring the curtain down on the day when he brought Cambridge Blue from the rear to win by 5-1/2 lengths going 6-1/2 furlongs.
He raced the five-year-old bay gelding near the back of the back of the pack as Quinner's Circle paced the field with reserved fractions. Husbands then closed quickly in the stretch before making a break for the front with a furlong to run.
Cambridge Blue easily overhauled the leaders and raced to the finish 5-1/2 lengths clear to win in one minute, 16.74 seconds.
There was also a win on the day's card for Barbadian Slade Callaghan, who carried the three-year-old colt R Shining Hope to a narrow win in race six over 6-1/2 furlongs, while Ramsammy was first past the post in race seven with Dublin Lane, but was later disqualified for interference.